Former Intel panel chairman says Trump betrayed US intelligence community

Former Intel panel chairman says Trump betrayed US intelligence community
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A former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE betrayed the U.S. intelligence community by accepting Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials about Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"The President’s performance yesterday in Helsinki was nothing short of shocking," former Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersBottom line Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments Hillicon Valley: Amazon VP resigns in protest | Republicans eye university ties to China | Support rises for vote by mail MORE (R-Mich.) tweeted. "To ignore the conclusions of our entire intelligence community and simply accept the word of a former KGB officer is a betrayal of our brave intelligence professionals."
 
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Rogers said in a series of tweets that it's a fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and that the country continues to launch "bold and increasingly aggressive cyber-attacks against our infrastructure."
 
"Fact: Russia actively undermines our interests and those of our allies in Europe," Rogers said, adding that embracing Putin "as openly as the President did, and in the face of clear Russian provocations, is to fundamentally cede our global leadership to the very person that wants to see America fail." 
 
His comments came a day after Trump and Putin concluded a high-stakes summit in Helsinki, Finland, where Trump criticized special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's Russia probe and refused to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election.
 
In a joint press conference to wrap up the summit, Trump said Mueller's probe is a "disaster" for the U.S. He also said he saw no reason why Russia would interfere in the 2016 presidential election, citing Putin's denials.
 
Trump's performance during the 45-minute joint press conference was widely condemned by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, with many calling it "shameful" and a "disgrace."
 
On Tuesday, Trump defended the meeting with Putin, tweeting that "while I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way — the Fake News is going Crazy!"